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Covent Garden
Bar, British, Pub
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20 Upper St. Martin's Lane | Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JZ, England
11:00 - 23:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worst food of all trip. They didn't bother to respect the allergy restrictions and messed it up. I asked no coleslaw and no dressing because of dairy allergy. I had no bacon but the coleslaw and dressing were there.... our other meals looked depressing and had no taste. the lower floor toilets were both closed. And the ground floor one... More 

Thank Cerise C
Turku, Finland
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101 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My last day and last lunch this time. I have been here before at that time pub was under Taylor Walker´s. Not anymore I guess? Steak Ale Pie was looking different (more fancy before) but still it´s was good/tasty with mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy. Portion size is good when you´re very hungry. But you can also share with 2... More 

Thank paivi68
Roisin K, Guest Relations Manager at Sussex, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! Great to here you had such a good time and are a returning customer ! We are still currently Taylor walker however we have merged with greene king so our menu products have altered. Glad to hear you still enjoyed the new pie! Look forward to seeing you on your next trip. More 

Peekskill, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived in London on October 21, 2016. Couldn't wait for my first fish n chips meal and after walking around Covent Garden chose to dine at Sussex. We headed downstairs, my friend ordered a London Glory and we both ordered fish n chips. The food was amazing, and the portions were huge! Service was friendly and timely and the restrooms... More 

Thank Bruni1965
Roisin K, Guest Relations Manager at Sussex, responded to this review

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us! Great to here you made good use of our mirrors! We do hope you'll pop back in soon to see us. P.s we also have an elfin selfie frame too if you are feeling festive. Thanks again. More 

Quartu Sant Elena, Italy
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56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our good lunch. It was a lamb shank surrounded by minced lamb cooked in a rich gravy, topped with minted mashed potatoes. Served with fresh seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy and a baked potato with BBQ pulled pork. Great choice : The staff was very friendly. Very good experience.

Thank Pallina707
Roisin K, Guest Relations Manager at Sussex, responded to this review

Great to hear you enjoyed your time with us!! We pride ourselves on delivering great hospitality! We do hope to see you again soon. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for some beers and chips. We had to order everything from the bar. The staff was unfriendly and disinterested. Zero concern for service or customer satisfaction. It took more than an hour and going back to the bar and times to get a pathetic bowl of chips (it was the size of a margarine brick). The patrons were... More 

Thank VinceFontaine
Roisin K, Guest Relations Manager at Sussex, responded to this review

We are extremely sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with us. I will investigate into the matter as to who was working, we do not accept poor service. We do hope you will give us another chance to improve your view of our establishment. More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We stopped here on our way to covent garden. It was lovely to sit at a table out on the street & people watch. There was a street entertainer across the road who was great. The bar staff were polite & efficient. No problems at all.

Thank emkeavo
Roisin K, Guest Relations Manager at Sussex, responded to this review

Brilliant! Thank you for the feedback, we are so pleased you enjoyed your time with us! Hope to see you again soon. More 

Lethbridge, Canada
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145 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our lunch ... one serving of salad and one of chicken and mushroom pie. It's a bit of a touristy place, but the food and service were good.

Thank jovela
Management response:

Thank you very much for your feedback and glad you enjoyed the Sussex. Please do pop in again next time you pass by and try our BRAND new menu. More 

Montreal, Canada
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped by after walking from the British Museum on a Saturday afternoon. The patio looked fun but to eat a meal we were directed downstairs. The staff were apathetic and super slow. We waited 20 minutes for drinks and such a long time for our food. They were unapologetic about the delays and were slow to respond to the... More 

Thank JustBeers
Management response:

We are extremely sorry you had a disappointing time at the Sussex and even more sorry with how our staff acted. We will be investigating into this and will be retraining some of the team. Please do pop in and give us another go!! More 

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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Called in in here for a drink, tables were dirty and overall he place looked like it needed a good clean. Went to the toilet and no exaggeration I was balking with the smell.. used toilet tissue all over the floor, dirty seats I couldn't wait to get out of there. Another lady in toilets refused to use them. Reported... More 

1 Thank Joanne L
Management response:

We are extremely sorry to hear about how your complaint was dealt with, We will be investigating into this as it unacceptable. We can assure you our kitchen is up to the 5 star hygiene rating it regularly receives. We do hope it doesn't deter you from coming back and giving the Sussex another go. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Best night ever!!! With logan, thomas and roisin great service fun people entertaining and good priduct knowledge

Thank Liam M
Management response:

Fantastic to hear glad you had a good time at the Sussex! Will pass on your comments to the team. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$20
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Upper St. Martin's Lane | Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: 442078361834
The Sussex in Covent Garden is a traditional London pub. You'll find us on Upper St Martins Lane, where Covent Garden connects to Leicester Square. Our menu is in the best tradition of British pub food. Best enjoyed with a drink, friends and always with a warm welcome. The area where the Sussex pub is situated has been a recognised thoroughfare since Saxon times. In Roman times this area also connected Westminster to the City of London. During the reign of King John (1199-1216) Long Acre was recorded as the northern boundary of the Covent Garden of the monks of St. Peter's Abbey. Over the years the area has been home to royalty, cartwrights and fruiterers in addition to famous names such as Nicholas Stone the sculptor, Oliver Cromwell and John Dryden. Today the area is still a bustling hub of activity connecting Covent Garden to Leicester Square. Our downstairs bar with a capacity of up to 100 is available to hire for private parties and functions. The team at the Sussex look forward to welcoming you!

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 

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